100 Under $100 tackles the big issues affecting women and looks at one hundred different initiatives around the world. The book is organized by sector, including Health, Subsistence Farming, and Financial Inclusion. Each organization highlighted has a summary of what they do, how they are impacting the world, and how you can find them to help.
What I love about this book is how it presents so many different ideas and topics and brings them together with the same goal in mind. I also love how the author suggests SO many ways that we can get involved where we are. Whether it's kickstarter programs, taking online courses, creating our own tools, or volunteering in our own area. Helping in the form of donations is great, but it's also fun to get involved when possible.
Here are just a few of my favorite initiatives I found through this book--
Clean Birth Kits provides birthing kits for mothers in impoverished areas, such as Laos. These basic kits include soap or sanitizing wipes, gauze, drop cloth or sheet, sterile razor blade or scalpel, clean cord-tying thread, and ointment for the cord after birth. Additional supplies, such as gloves or sanitary pads, can also be included. An estimated 360,000 maternal deaths occur annually- 10% being attributed to infection alone. These simple clean birth kits can literally mean the difference between life and death- and you can help make these at home yourself!
Days for Girls, AFRIpads,Azadi,Sustainable Health Enterprises, Lunapads and many other organizations work specifically to help women and girls in the area of menstrual health. They provide reproductive education, resources about feminine hygiene, and sanitary napkins (both disposable and non). Did you know that many girls and women do not have access to feminine supplies, meaning they have to miss school and work during their cycles? That is valuable education and income lost! One way that you can help is to sew kits for Days for Girls or purchase your own products through companies like Lunapads which help provide pads for girls in Uganda.
Room to Read, Camfed, Worldreader, and many others work to promote literacy for girls around the world. Around 500 million women are illiterate and that is all due to either a lack of access to education or gender-specific challenges. Not only do these organizations promote literacy, some provide e-readers that can hold a long charge and survive rugged conditions. Others provide online courses to teach people how to read or give access to higher education that would be otherwise missed.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE. There are so many issues in the world that need to be solved, and this is the perfect place to start your own journey. You may not be cut out for or interested in every sector, but there are definitely areas that you can help in!
Early praise for 100 Under $100--
“The book is fantastic! 100 under $100 showcases human ingenuity, solving seemingly intractable problems in elegant and sustainable ways. I felt my world expanding as I pored through the ideas that Betsy Teutsch has collected. What a valuable teaching tool - with writing so clear and accessible, students will be able to grasp complex problems and creative solutions; teachers will appreciate the endless ideas for service learning and meaningful involvement!”—Amy J. Cohen - Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, 20-year Middle School Social Studies educator, Director of Education, History Making Productions
“I love this book. As a mother of the first preemie in our NICU to do Kangaroo Mother Care, a lactation consultant, a feminist, and an activist, philanthropist, and global citizen, the book resonated with me on multiple levels. My experience with collective giving through Dining for Women gives me perspective to appreciate people’s power to make an impact. 100 Under $100 has immense power… I love that DFW has supported so many of the featured initiatives.” — Marsha Wallace, co-founder of Dining for Women
You can learn more about the book 100 Under $100 and read an excerpt at 100under100.org. For every copy sold through the link on her site, Betsy will donate one dose of Misoprostol to Life for African Mothers.
I received an advanced copy of Renewable via Social Good Moms for a review. All opinions are my own.
Written by Sarah Haney